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Additional Employees for E-1 Qualified Companies
Treaty Trader (E-1), Treaty Investor (E-2) Visas

Additional Employees for E-1 Qualified Companies

If a company has been approved for an E-1 visa within the past 12 months, and now wishes to apply for an additional employee, the company can submit a truncated application, as detailed below. Please note that a full application must be submitted at least once a year.

Applications must be sent as .PDF files, divided into sections clearly indicated by lettered or numbered tabs. You must restrict your application to 50 standard sized pages of information (excluding Tabs A-C and G-28).  If you believe additional documents are required to support your application, you can bring them to the interview. Please note that, as a general rule, children under 14 do not need to come to the Embassy.

Tab A For principal applicant(s) and dependent family member(s): DS-160 confirmation page, generated by the online system, with a suitable photo.


Tab B For principal applicant(s) and dependent family member(s): Photocopy of data (photo) page of passport (DO NOT SEND ANY PASSPORTS BY MAIL), copies of birth and marriage certificates for dependents, as appropriate.


Tab C For principal applicant(s): Fully completed DS-156E, Parts I, II and III. Please fill out the form online. Contact information must include an e-mail address.


Tab D Cover letter describing company, position and beneficiary. This letter must address all requirements for E-1 visa eligibility as defined by the Foreign Affairs Manual and US law. Please include the date and location of the company’s most recent qualification for E status.


Tab  E Proof of the company’s qualifying international trade between the United States and the treaty country.  You must include a detailed spreadsheet showing all of the company’s international transactions for a period of at least one year, the value of each transaction, and a list of trading partners. This spreadsheet may be sent in .xls format.


Tab F Ownership documentation showing that the company is still at least 50% owned by nationals of the treaty country as per 9 FAM 402.9-4 (B).


Tab  G Applicant’s résumé, certifications and degrees, etc… and, if an essential employee, evidence that employee has essential skills that the enterprise urgently needs, as well as the projected duration of this essentiality. Please include an organizational chart. You may also wish to explain why the enterprise was unable to find a qualified US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident to fill the position.


Tab  H The applicant’s resumé or CV, certifications and degrees, etc…


Tab  I G-28 “Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative” (as appropriate), including contact e-mail address and phone number.